8 July 2017 - 10:18
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UN calls for granting citizenship to Myanmar Rohingya Muslims

Tehran, July 8, IRNA - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged Myanmar to grant citizenship to the Rohingya Muslim minority who has been displaced since 2012 due to sectarian violence.

In his first official trip to the southeast of Asia, Grandi had a meeting with Rohingya Muslims in Sittwe and Maungdaw cities in Rakhine State.

According to Asia News Network, Grandi also met Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi.

Rakhine State has been a violence hub of extremist Buddhists against Rohingya Muslims during which hundreds have been killed and more than 140,000 have been displaced.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the press that it was important to grant citizenship to the Muslim minority who has been deprived of citizenship for decades.

The Myanmarese Government recognizes the Rohingya Muslim minority as illegal refugees.

Grandi said that Myanmar is one of the poorest ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and is in dire need of immediate investment in both (Buddhist and Muslim) communities.

In October 2016, a group of Rohingyas made a fatal attack on a checkpoint that stimulated the Myanmarese military to suppress the Muslims.

The Myanmarese forces burned down about 10,000 houses and 75,000 Rohingya Muslims escaped to Bangladesh.

Denying the accusation of massacring and torturing the Rohingya people, Myanmar’s Government disagreed with the presence of UN’s fact-finding committee in the region.

More than 102,000 refugees live in Thailand along the Myanmar-Thailand border.

Grandi flies to Bangladesh on Saturday.